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Batches of Wester Lawrenceton Farm cheeses recalled

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Wester Lawrenceton Farm Ltd has recalled various batches of Carolla and Caerphilly cheese due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is a bacterium that causes food poisoning.  The cheeses are only distributed in Scotland.

Carolla Cheese
Batch codes: 16 02; 24 02; 26 02; 03 03

Caerphilly Cheese
Batch code: 01 02

Wester Lawrenceton Farm Ltd has undertaken a product recall and will be displaying point-of-sale notices in all stores supplied with the implicated product. These notices will alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the affected products. No other Wester Lawrenceton Farm Ltd products are known to be affected.

Heineken UK withdraws a batch of Murphy's Stout due to a packaging error resulting in the presence of undeclared gluten (barley)

Heineken UK withdraws a batch of Murphy's Stout due to a packaging error resulting in the presence of undeclared gluten (barley). The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that due to a packaging error, a proportion of a batch of the recalled product, which always contains barley (containing gluten), does not have this detail declared on the product labelling. Therefore, this is a potential health risk for people with an allergy to barley or who have a gluten intolerance (coeliac disease).

Increased listeriosis

There has been concern in the UK over the increase in notified listeriosis especially in the elderly so I was interested to read the Eurosurveillance report on increase in listeriosis in Denmark. One of the major problems with monitoring listeriosis is the incubation period of 80 days. Could you remember what you had eaten in the last eighty days? This impacts on the ability to identify the source of the outbreak.

Eurosurveillance highlights that "the three major clinical presentations of listeriosis are sepsis, meningitis and materno-fetal infection and that in a review of materno-fetal infections in Denmark 12 of 36 cases resulted in stillbirth and/or abortion.... In 2009, Denmark saw a further increase in the incidence of listeriosis, reaching 1.8 per 100,000 inhabitants". 

In 2009, 97 cases of listeriosis were reported in Denmark, compared to 57 in 2008. Consumption of ready to eat meat and fish has been suggested as potential sources of listeria but there was no definit…

More Salmonella recalls

More black pepper recalls

Walong Marketing, Inc. Expands Nationwide Voluntary Recall Flying Horse Sesame Chewy Candy Due to Undeclared Peanuts

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Walong Marketing, Inc. of Buena Park, California is expanding a voluntary recall of Flying Horse Sesame Chewy Candy due to undeclared peanuts to include Flying Horse White Sesame Chewy Candy. The recall was initiated on February 16, 2010 for Flying Horse Black and White Sesame Chewy Candy. People who have severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. Follow the link to find out more.

Indiana Firm Recalls Fresh Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Products Due To an Undeclared Allergen

Perdue Farms, Inc., a Washington, Ind., establishment, is recalling approximately 10,368 pounds of fresh sweet Italian turkey sausage products because they contain an undeclared allergen. The product was prepared using an ingredient blend that contained milk, a known potential allergen, which was not declared on the label. Follow the link to find out more.

Salmonella recalls continue

There have been a further twelve recalls due to Salmonella by the FDA and CFIA in the last week. As with the Salmonella in peanut butter incident in the US - the HVP and pepper associated recalls are getting so widespread that I am going, in the short term ,to just record the number of incidents.

Ed Roller, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Wegmans 9 oz. Food You Feel Good About® Medium Seafood Sauce Due to Undeclared Ingredients on Label

Ed Roller, Inc. of Rochester, NY is voluntarily recalling Wegmans Food You Feel Good About® Medium Seafood Sauce, 9 ounce glass jar, UPC #77890 84032, because the product may contain undeclared soy and anchovies. Only those jars with a sell-by date up to and including April 21 are included in this recall. The sell-by date is heat stamped on the label. People who have allergies to soy or anchovies run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this problem. The recalled product is packaged in a 9 oz. clear glass jar with a white screw top and was distributed to 75 Wegmans Food Markets in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. The recall was initiated after a recent inspection by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets revealed the omission of Worcestershire sauce in the ingredient statement of this product. Worcestershire sauce is made with ingr…

Estrella Family Creamery Recalls Old Apple Tree Tomme Cheese Due to Possible Health Risks

The Estrella Family Creamery of Montesano, Washington, is recalling a production of Old Apple Tree Tomme cheese because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Old Apple Tree Tomme cheese was sold at the Ballard and Seattle’s U-District farmer's markets in Seattle, Washington, and the firm’s farm store in Montesano, Washington the weekend of Feb. 27 and 28, 2010. The recalled cheese was sold by custom order at the markets and the firm’s farm store, with a label bearing it's name. The product does not contain a lot code. No illnesses in connection with this product or any other Estrella cheeses have been reported to date. The recall is the result of continued sampling by the state of Washington Department of Agriculture, which revealed that one wheel of the finished product contained the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Undecalred allergen - MSG

Rudolph Foods Company, Inc., a San Bernardino, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 186 pounds of Baken-ets Fried Pork Skins because the "Hot'N Spicy" version was packaged in a "Traditional" bag. The "Hot'N Spicy" fried pork skins contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the "Traditional" fried pork skins' label. Follow the link to find out more.

Sainsbury’s withdraws a batch of Sainsbury’s Mandarin Jelly individual chilled pots due to incorrect labelling resulting in the presence of undeclared allergens

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert because Sainsbury’s has withdrawn a batch of Sainsbury’s Mandarin Jelly individual chilled pots due to incorrect labelling resulting in the presence of undeclared allergens. Due to a packing error, a small number of packs contain Mandarin Royale (a dessert with layers of sponge, jelly and topped with cream), instead of Mandarin Jelly. Therefore the product contains milk, egg and gluten (wheat) which are not declared on the label. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic or intolerant to these allergens. Follow the link for more details.

Butterkist Sweet Microwave Popcorn recalled because of possible rice weevil

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Tangerine Confectionary has recalled some batches of Butterkist Sweet Microwave Popcorn due to the potential presence of rice weevil (Sitophilus oryzae) within the product. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Information. Three multipack batches and one single pack batch have been recalled. Follow the link to find out more.

California Firm Recalls Enchilada Products Due to Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Fernando's Food Corporation, a Compton, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 9,400 pounds of enchilada products because they were inadvertently mislabeled and contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Milk is a known potential allergen, which is not declared on the label.

CERTAIN SIENA BRAND DRIED MEAT PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Siena Foods Ltd. are warning the public not to consume certain Siena brand dried meat products described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following products are affected by this alert.
1.Siena brand Coppa sold in variable weight packages weighing approximately 300-400 g bearing best before dates 10 JN21 or no date.
2.Siena brand Prosciuttini or Prosciuttini Hot sold in variable weight packages weighing approximately 300-400 g bearing best before dates 10 JN20, 10JN21, 10JN22.
These products have been distributed in Ontario and Alberta. However, they may have been distributed nationally. This alert is based on positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes in a product sample and CFIA's investigation of these findings. The CFIA is aware of reported listeriosis illness in Ontario and is collaborating with Health Authorities in Ontario in their investigation of these illnesses. This alert is assoc…

Recalls continue due to contamination of hydrolysed vegetable protein

Recalls continue due to contaminated black pepper

Nevada Firm Recalls Assorted Asian-Style Products Produced Without Inspection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that CaiE Foods Limited, a Sparks, Nev., establishment, is recalling approximately 12,382 pounds of assorted Asian-style meat and poultry products, including steamed buns and oriental-style dumplings, because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Follow the link to find out more.

North Carolina Firm Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that an Asheboro, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The products subject to recall include:
Combo bin packages of "Randolph Packing Co., Inc. BONELESS BEEF."
Combo bin packages of "Randolph Packing Co. Knuckles 90% & 94%."
30 lbs. boxes of "Beef Ribeye Rolls."
Follow the link to find out more.

Castella Imports, Inc. Conducts Nationwide Recall of Castella Chicken Soup Base Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Castella Imports of Hauppauge, NY, is voluntarily recalling Castella Chicken Soup Base because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was made using hydrolyzed vegetable protein manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc. Las Vegas, Nevada. Basic Food Flavors initiated a recall of the hydrolyzed vegetable protein due to Salmonella contamination.

Kingston Woolworths Minced Heart Smart Beef

Ausfoodnews reports that Woolworths Limited has initiated a voluntary consumer level recall on Woolworths Label Minced Heart Smart Beef, packed on Sunday 28/02/2010 and use by date 02/03/2010 sold at Kingston Supermarket, Kingston Tasmania only. The reason for the recall is plastic pieces may have contaminated the minced meat product. Only 65 packs with Use By 02/03/2010 and of average weight 500 grams of Woolworths Minced Heart Smart Beef may have been affected by this recall.

Concord Foods Recalls Concord Foods Seasonings Mixes because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Concord Foods Inc is voluntarily recalling certain production codes of Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning mix that is generally sold in the produce department of supermarkets because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Concord Foods was notified by its supplier that an ingredient used in these products and produced by Basic Food Flavors Inc is the subject of a voluntary recall due to potential Salmonella contamination.

CERTAIN T. MARZETTI BRAND VEGGIE DIPS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Priority Brands are warning the public not to consume certain T. Marzetti brand Veggie Dips because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. These products contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc. Las Vegas, Nevada. Basic Food Flavors initiated a recall of the hydrolyzed vegetable protein due to Salmonella contamination. Follow the link to find out more or the FDA link..

Earth Island Announces Voluntary Recall on Select Follow Your Heart Products that Contain Natural Flavor Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Earth Island is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of the following Follow Your Heart brand products as a precautionary measure due to possible Salmonella contamination of a natural flavor from one of its suppliers. The recalled products contain natural flavor supplied by Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas, Nevada. Follow Your Heart deli products are sold at grocery and health food stores and served in commissaries in the Southern California region. Follow Your Heart dressings are sold in grocery and health food stores nationwide. Follow the link to find out more.

Reser's Fine Foods Inc Press Release

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Reser's Fine Foods, Inc. of Beaverton, OR has been notified by a supplier that certain seasoning ingredients it supplied to Reser's contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The list of products affected can be found by accessing the link.

Tesco withdraws four varieties of sandwiches

The UK FSA has issued an alert to confirm that Tesco has withdrawn four varieties of its sandwiches with 'use by' dates of 5 March 2010 and 6 March 2010, because the lettuce used in the sandwiches might be contaminated with slug pellets. Tesco has been told by the manufacturer of the sandwiches that slug pellets were found in the raw Lollo Bionda lettuce used for the sandwiches. As a precautionary measure, Tesco has withdrawn the sandwiches from sale in case any residues of the pellets had got through the washing and preparation stage to final lettuce leaves in the sandwiches. Tesco has put an immediate till block on all four products. This means that no more of the products can be sold. The withdrawn sandwiches are:

Tesco Big & Tasty Meatball & Cheese Sandwich Use by: 5 March 2010, 6 March 2010
Tesco Chicken Salad Sandwich Use by: 5 March 2010, 6 March 2010
Tesco Finest Club Sandwich Use by: 5 March 2010, 6 March 2010
Tesco Fresh in the Capital Club Sandwich Use by:…

Tim's Cascade Snacks Recalls 'Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips - Sweet Maui Onion' and 'Hawaiian - Sweet Maui Onion Rings' Because of Possible Health Risk

The CFIA has issued the following statement: "Out of regard and concern for our consumers, Tim's Cascade Snacks of Algona, Washington is recalling 'HAWAIIAN® Kettle Style Potato Chips - SWEET MAUI ONION' AND 'HAWAIIAN - SWEET MAUI ONION RINGS' because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella." Follow the link to read the full report.

UNDECLARED EGG OR MILK IN CERTAIN HONIG BRAND SOUP MIXES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to egg or milk not to consume certain Honig brand soup products, where egg or milk is not declared on the label in English and French. All lot codes of the following Honig brand products, imported from the Netherlands, where egg or milk is not declared on the label in English and French, are affected by this alert. Follow the link to find out more.

Heartland Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalls Coarse Ground Black Pepper because of possible Salmonella Contamination

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Heartland Foods, Inc. of Indianapolis is voluntarily recalling all sizes/containers of COARSE GROUND BLACK PEPPER shipped from their facility at 6815 E. 34th Street, Indianapolis IN. Potential distribution took place on or after October 19th, 2009 to February 17th, 2010. These products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product involved includes the following sizes: 1 lb Quart (jar), 4 lb Gallon, 8 lb Bucket (new pail). Each container is identified with an individual label showing the Heartland Foods company logo, the description: Coarse Ground Black Pepper, and the specific Net Weight of the container (i.e., 1 lb, 4 lb, 8 lb). Product distribution of Coarse Ground Black Pepper has been suspended while the FDA continues its investigation.
Heartland Foods, Inc. takes the safety of our customers and the integrity of our products very seriously. Customers who have purchased Coarse Ground Black Pepper during the…

American Pecan Co. Recalls Pecans Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that American Pecan Co. of Yancey, Texas, is recalling 1 lb. bags of Pecan Pieces, small, medium, and large sizes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.The 1 lb. bags of pecans were sold to walk-up customers at their Yancey,Texas location, as well as to mail order customers in Texas, New York, and Massachusetts. The bagged pecans consist of Ziploc-type bags labeled with "PECAN PIECES (Small, Medium, or Large) Ingredients: Shelled Pecans: Repacked by: American Pecan Co. P.O. Box 151 Yancey, Tx. 78886 Net weight 1-Lb. (16 oz.) 454 g. Might contain Pecan shells.." There are no codes associated with the products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was as the result of a routine sampling by the Food and Drug Administration, which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company conti…

Johnny's Fine Foods Recalls Johnny's French Dip Powdered Au Jus Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Johnny's Fine Foods of Tacoma, Wash., Johnny's Fine Foods is recalling French Dip Powdered Au Jus in 6oz bottles and French Dip Powdered Au Jus in 1.1oz foil packets, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  To date no known illnesses have been associated with this product. Johnny's French Dip Powdered Au Jus 6oz is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a red, white and blue label. The expiration date for this product is 0332. Johnny's French Dip Powdered Au Jus 1.1oz is packaged in a red, white and blue foil packet. The expiration date for this product is 02212. The product was made using hydrolyzed vegetable protein manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc. Las Vegas, Nevada. Basic Food Flavors initiated a recall of the hydrolyzed vegetable protein due to Salmonella contamination.

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